I listed this on my shelves of secret-societies-cults and virtual-reality-alternate-realities just because I wasn't sure how exactly to label it. It'sI listed this on my shelves of secret-societies-cults and virtual-reality-alternate-realities just because I wasn't sure how exactly to label it. It's a whole civilization surviving and living in the Underside of London. So it's not a cult, but it is kind of a secret society because very few Above-worlder's know the existence of any of the people who live below ground. Also why I listed it as an alternate-reality because the Underside doesn't have the same rules as Above does at all.
I read this book super fast! I started it last night and if it wasn't for my dumb eyes not being able to stay open I would've easily read it in one sitting!
This has everything, adventure, intrigue, suspense. Anyone who liked American Gods will like this one - it reminded me a little bit of it, with the whole Shadow taking a journey and being completely clueless, that pretty much fits Richard to a T. The difference is that American Gods was filled with mythology and this wasn't.
If you're a fan of Gaiman, definitely give this one a read, you won't be disappointed!
I'm going to miss Door so much and I was really happy for Richard's decision he made in the end, I think it was the right one. I hope at some point there is a follow-up! ...more
Another good read in the Lecter series. I was surprised because once again I felt like the movie was pretty closely related to the book. I'm even hesiAnother good read in the Lecter series. I was surprised because once again I felt like the movie was pretty closely related to the book. I'm even hesitant to read more of the book series because so far there haven't been any serious eniugh deviations from the movies I've already seen, only some slight bit more details. I probably will read the rest of the series but kudos to the scriptwriters and film makers. I did like getting into Lecter's head a bit more in the book and feel like we might get even more if that as the series continues, so that definitely intrigues me! ...more
Infernal Devices is an account told by George Dower of Clerkenwell, London in the hopes of repairing his ruined reputation as a result of the events hInfernal Devices is an account told by George Dower of Clerkenwell, London in the hopes of repairing his ruined reputation as a result of the events he lays out in full description and detail. A wild adventure complete with sea creatures, people who've seen the future and now speak the lingo, secret societies for science, and a robot (automata) that takes on a life of it's own. A truely fantastical journey that requires a suspension of disbelief - but makes you all the more happy for it.
At first I had a hard time getting into the story because of the classic writing style of writing - which fits with the Victorian era setting and the narrator penning the tale, but had me rereading sentences in order to make sure I grasped their meaning. However, I'm glad I persisted because at some point I realized I wasn't having any problems stumbling over sentences and was fully immersed in the story. There are a lot of funny elements in the book and even though most of them weren't laugh out loud funny (which is rare for me anyways), I did fine myself smiling a lot while reading. However, the ending came together in a rush and some of the surprises left me going "huh?" I won't give any spoilers but it would've made a fine book without some of the surprises at the end, it was just too much. The ending did make me laugh; Dower is just such a stodgy fellow and all this stuff happens to rock his world!
Before the novel there is a forward by the author where I learned he coined the term "steampunk" to describe a genre that he and a few of his friends were writing. Little did he realize the word would take on a life of it's own (much like his robot in Infernal Devices). I found the history of steampunk's beginning very interesting - especially since I had no idea it began as a fiction genre; I usually see it expressed as jewelry since that's another hobby of mine. ...more